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Kevin Gray
Reader in International Relations (International Relations)
Key areas: global political economy, East Asia, labour
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My research interests broadly cover the area of International Political Economy with a regional focus on East Asia. I am currently working on a monography on North Korea's experience of catch-up industrialisation. Specially, the monograph examines how colonialism, the Cold War, and the rise of China have all shaped the distinctive nature of North Korea's developmental trajectory. 


Earlier monographs include "Labour and Development in East Asia: Social Forces and Passive Revoltion," which examined the dynamic interaction between social forces, geopolitics and development in the East Asian region (in particular, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and mainland China). My first book, "Korean Workers and Neoliberal Globalizatiion," examined how organised labour in South Korea adapted to the dual transition towards democracy and neoliberalism since the 1980s.  


I am also interested in the relationship between rising powers and the future of global governance as well as South-South Cooperation.  In terms of theory, I have interests in Gramscian theories of International Political Economy, and how such theories explain experiences of late development and processes of modern state formation.